What happens when an employee continues to work after the employee’s contract expires

Some employers assume that when an employee continues to be employed after the expiration of his or her employment agreement, the employee automatically becomes an employee at will whose employment can be terminated at any time. That may not be the case.

If a written employment contract expires and is not formally renewed, and the employee has continued to perform the same functions and to receive the same compensation as was received under the expired contract, then in some states there may be a presumption that the parties have mutually agreed to a new contract that contains the same provisions as the old agreement.

Applicant Interview Tip for Small Business Owners

Business owners should review applicant interview scripts, guidelines, lists, and forms to be sure that no impermissible questions are asked.

Smart Employers Are Proactive

Smart employers proactively address any workplace harassment or discrimination complaints before they result inAdministrative complaints or lawsuits. Sometimes it’s the most angry employee that files the lawsuit, not the employee who is the most likely to win in court.

Harassment and Discrimination Suits Require a Protected Group

An employee’s best chance of success in a discrimination or harassment case occurs when the discrimination or harassment is attributable to the employee’s status as a member of a protected group. A protected group could be fairly described as a group of people qualified for special protection by a law, policy, or similar authority. For example, U.S. federal law protects individuals from discrimination or harassment based on sex, race, age, disability, color, creed, national origin or religion. In many cases, state laws also give certain protected groups special protection against harassment and discrimination. The key here is the person must be part of a protected group. If the boss is discriminating against or harassing the employee because the employee is a Democrat, a Republican, a Kim Kardashian fan, a “FloMo,” a “Pactard,” or the only person in the office who thinks O.J. is innocent, then the harassment case isn’t going anywhere – even if you are represented by Lisa Bloom and Gloria Allred.